Title: Lust, Money, and Murder
Author: Mike Wells
Read on: July 12, 2017
Born in the worst suburb in Pittsburgh, Elaine Brogan is bright, beautiful and bold. When her father is falsely arrested for passing counterfeit $100 bills, Elaine vows to become a Secret Service agent and track down the man responsible. After barely surviving the arduous Secret Service Training Academy in Laurel, Maryland, she is transferred to bleak and blustery Great Falls, Montana. But things do not go as planned, and Elaine soon finds herself betrayed and thrown into an adventure that takes her halfway around the world, from dark and mysterious Sofia, Bulgaria, to Moscow Russia, and finally, to Milan, Italy. In the end, will Elaine find the love and happiness she truly seeks…or will she turn to a life of obscene wealth, power and corruption?
Mr. Wells, you weave a fantastic tale! If you’re looking for a great summer read, look no further. Wells introduces the reader to Elaine Brogan, a woman who endured a difficult childhood to become a leading expert on counterfeit money coming into the United States from around the world. I was honestly worried when the story went in this direction. I didn’t think the world of counterfeit money could be interesting. I’m happy to say I was mistaken! Wells describes this line of work with a clear passion that transfers to the reader. Brogan has revenge on her mind in the earl going but one of the truly rewarding things about reading a Mike Wells novel is that the story will never stagnate. He takes the reader on a journey through different countries and different storylines. At a breakneck pace, Elaine has her world turned upside down more than once. As a reader, I was left delightfully off-kilter the whole time.
You may think you’ll be with Elaine throughout the whole story and she certainly is the focal point. However, this world Wells has created puts the reader into the minds and lives of a number of characters, some virtuous, others…not so much. By the end of the third part of the story, I was mesmerized and wanting more. That’s another beauty of Wells’ books: while I did read the first three books consecutively as one novel, you can read them as smaller stories of about 100 pages each. Warning: there will be cliffhangers and you will be reading all of these!
I highly recommend this series. I’ve read the first three and, to my great surprise and pleasure, the fourth installment is there waiting for me too! Time to hop back on the roller coaster!
Five out of five Big Bald Heads!
*Huge thanks to Mike Wells for providing these books for review!*